Today was my half day of teaching! I usually do not get nervous about my teaching, but today was the first time I have taught longer than an hour.
Although I was nervous, I felt that I had a strong balance of activities throughout and I managed my time well. I also made sure to rotate through the classroom to make sure students were on task. For the beginning of my lesson, I had students doing an activity focused on renewable and non-renewable resources. I had an activity using two different colored dry beans and one color represented renewable resources while the other represented non-renewable resources. I provided each student with a couple different charts where they were to predict how long it would take them to run out of non-renewable resources if they were to randomly pull out beans from their cup. Each time they pulled out beans they had to record how many of each they pulled out and if they drew out a renewable bean it would have to go back into the cup until all they had left was renewable beans. If I were to do this assignment again I would count out 100 beans per group so that there was a constant number throughout the classroom. I think this would provide a better understanding of the concept.
The other part of my morning was starting a project on careers based around electricity. When I started the project originally, I wasn't overly clear on my instructions so when it got reintroduced I made sure to write all of my instructions on the board for students. Overall, I was pretty happy with how my day went.